Nature and Environment

EPA defends plan to ease compliance requirements in face of coronavirus

Apr 2, 2020 Environmentalists have repeated charges that the policy creates a "catch me if you can" situation for polluters.

Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread

Apr 1, 2020 A letter to the secretary of the interior says keeping the parks open puts workers and visitors at risk.

Don't count on warm weather to ease coronavirus spread, says biologist

Mar 27, 2020 The virus is still too new and unfamiliar to fully understand.

Navajo access to water compounds response to coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 Many on the Navajo Nation must drive miles for water, groceries and necessities.

Mexican wolf numbers jump 24% from last year

Mar 23, 2020 The Mexican subspecies of the gray wolf was nearly eliminated in the wild by 1970.

Environmental advocates say planned border construction threatens jaguar corridors

Mar 19, 2020 CBP announced plans to build more than 90 miles of border wall in an area advocates say is predominantly remote wilderness.

Your tap water is still safe, say Arizona water agencies

Mar 19, 2020 Answers to FAQs about the safety and supply of water in Arizona amid the pandemic, according to water officials.

Nature Conservancy closes public preserves to limit COVID-19 spread

Mar 18, 2020 Ramsey Canyon Preserve and Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve are temporarily closed.

As Tumamoc Hill closes, Saguaro National Park stays open, suspending fees and closing visitor centers

Mar 18, 2020 The park is also canceling programs in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Borderlands symposium explores web of people, wildlife in Sonoran Desert

Mar 17, 2020 The Ajo conference last week brought together scientists, tribal leaders and community members.

Opponents of proposed copper mine speak out about threat to Oak Flat

Mar 17, 2020 Indigenous and environmental advocates say the Resolution Copper Mine would irreparably harm the site of cultural and environmental significance.

Indigenous group reaffirms importance of Quitobaquito Springs amid border wall construction

Mar 13, 2020 The group discussed how construction and pumping local groundwater is affecting the sacred site.

"Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale"

Mar 11, 2020 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Adiba Nelson shares an open love letter to all women, everywhere; and how UA scientists are understanding climate change through research in the Southern Ocean.

Opponents speak out at hearing on bringing F-35 fighter jet to Tucson

Mar 11, 2020 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is being considered as a possible home for the new aircraft. Some say will bring too much noise to Tucson's skies.

Study explains how rattlesnakes catch rainwater on their backs

Mar 10, 2020 For the western diamond-backed rattlesnake, the advantage might lie in a labyrinth of grooves on its scales.

Arizona working to define and protect its waterways cut from Clean Water Act

Mar 10, 2020 The state needs to fill a regulatory gap following the new "Waters of the U.S." rule.

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